The North American Passive House Network held a two-day conference in Portland, Maine, this month. The well-attended conference drew attendees from all over the U.S., as well as from China, the U.K., and Germany.Because it was a four-track conference, it was impossible to attend every session — a frustrating fact for attendees. Many of the experts who gave presentations at the Portland conference have written for, or been featured in, Green Building Advisor; among the familiar names were Matthew O’Malia, Chris Corson, Dylan Lamar, Malcolm Isaacs, Nabih Tahan, Peter Schneider, Graham Irwin, Marc Rosenbaum, Tim Eian, Jesper Kruse, and Phil Kaplan.With so many smart people gathered together under one roof, the conversations in the hallways and at the lunch tables were almost as valuable as the presentations. Like most people who attended the conference, I learned a lot while I was there.It was exciting to see so many consultants, designers, and builders present their latest projects. These construction professionals are doing excellent work. At the Portland conference, they talked about their mistakes, presented information on new methods, and shared data. In many cases, Passivhaus builders are discovering new, less expensive ways to build excellent buildings — including some of the best homes being built in North America today.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, gave the conference’s keynote address on Monday morning, September 22.According to my notes, Feist made five important points:At the beginning of his address, Feist repeated one of his points at least three times. Referring to the Passivhaus standard, he told the audience in Portland, “The background of this is science. … It’s about science. … It’s a concept which is based on science.”He named five scientists whose work helped smooth the way for… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
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On Friday, GJM supremo Bimal Gurung had said that there would be no relaxation for Muslims to celebrate Eid. On that day, the GJM had provided a 12-hour bandh relaxation to the boarding schools to evacuate the stranded students.Senior GJM leaders and supporters took out a rally from Chowkbazar to the GJM head office and opened it with “We Want Gorkhaland” chants. GJM supporters also took part in other processions as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state of ‘Gorkhaland’, carved out of West Bengal, entered its 11th day today.Call for protestIn a video message last night, Mr. Gurung had urged the people to hit the streets, but also cautioned them that the leaders from the other parties might “try to betray” the Gorkhaland agitation.“We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula…. Remember that one day, everyone has to die. Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhaland,” he had said in the message.Barring medicine outlets, all other shops remained closed in the hills. Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day and the security forces continued to patrol the streets. Meanwhile, in Siliguri, an outfit named ‘Amra Bangali’ (We are Bengalees) took out a rally to protest against the “separatist movement” of the GJM. Army denies link with ‘soldiers’ in video over Gorkhaland In a change of stand, the GJM on Sunday decided to allow a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for the Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in the Darjeeling hills tomorrow.“The Muslim community in the hills will be given a 12- hour relaxation on June 26, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., to celebrate Eid,” a senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader said.Muslims can also use vehicles with stickers mentioning the purpose to go to the plains and meet their relatives, he added. “Except this, everything remains the same. The indefinite shutdown will continue,” he said.Also Read
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta, was trolled on social media after addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘father of the country’ while wishing him on his 69th birthday on Monday. Ms. Fadnavis’s comparison of the Prime Minister with the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi did not go down well with Twitterati. “Wishing the Father of our Country @narendramodi ji a very Happy Birthday — who inspires us to work relentlessly towards the betterment of society (sic),” she tweeted, and social media was quick to remind her who the Father of the Nation was.Last year, Ms. Fadnavis had courted controversy by climbing on the edge of India’s first domestic cruise Angria to take a selfie. She was filmed being cautioned by security personnel, after she crossed the Mumbai-Goa ship’s safety range.Ms. Fadnavis profiles herself on Twitter as ‘Banker, Playback Singer, Social Worker, Homemaker.’ The Opposition took the opportunity to hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the tweet was indicative of Mr. Modi’s ultimate intention of replacing Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the ultimate aim of replacing Gandhiji as Father of the Nation. He even had his picture replace that of Gandhiji on the annual calendar of Khadi institutions. Ms. Fadnavis’s tweet is an indication of this evil ambition, which the people of this country will not accept,” said the Nationalist Congress Party’s Mumbai chief, Nawab Malik.
BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The only way for Star to make it outright is for the Hotshots to beat Alaska and hope that Ginebra or San Miguel—or both—drop one game in closing out the round.But that seems highly unlikely since San Miguel and Ginebra are playing great at the moment and the Beermen are closing out against the lightweight Elite and GlobalPort on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings, meanwhile, have back-to-the-wall Mahindra as their final foe also on Friday as they put a three-game winning streak on the line.The game is as important to Alaska as it is to Star as the Aces welcome Calvin Abueva back to active duty in a bid to snap a six-game losing streak.A win by Alaska would most likely put the Aces in the middle of the pack—and in a best-of-three series. A loss puts the Aces in danger of needing to win three straight knockout matches to make it to the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP ‘Time to prove yourself’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Calvin Abueva goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith its outright place in the top two PBA Commissioner’s Cup not resting entirely in its hands, Star tries to do what it can on the floor on Wednesday before hoping that the results in the final two elimination round playdates favor the Hotshots in their twice-to-beat drive.Star takes on Alaska at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, and the Hotshots need a win that would also put the Aces’ playoff chances in jeopardy.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ View comments San Miguel Beer, meanwhile, also steps up its top two chase when it collides with Blackwater at 4:15 p.m.The Hotshots are currently tied for the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra at 8-2, but even a win against the Aces will not guarantee them an outright quarterfinal bonus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingStar could eventually be dragged into a playoff for the second privilege if the Gin Kings and the Beermen sweep their remaining assignments.That is because both San Miguel and Ginebra can end up with 9-2 records, and when the tiebreaker is applied, the Hotshots are in a deep predicament since their two losses came from the Beermen and the Gin Kings. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games
PH Men’s Archery composed of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz bags the Bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games in KL, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe Philippine archery team had its chances to bring home at least a gold medal but ended up settling for less in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The squad hauled one silver and four bronze medals after Florante Matan and Nicole Ortega were booted out in the semifinals of the mixed doubles event after bowing to Indonesia in a sudden-death shoot-off, 19-16.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wong finally gets gold in wushu for PHs sixth Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES View comments Matan and Ortega blew a golden opportunity to secure at least a bronze despite leading their Malaysian counterparts Khairul Anuar Muhammad and Nural Aliya Ghapar, 4-2, in the final set.The two, then, yielded to Vietnam’s Chu Duc Anh and Loc Thi Dao, 2-6, (34-37, 35-33, 36-37, 34-36).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Vietnam got back at us after we beat them in the men’s and women’s team recurve for the bronze last Monday,” noted head coach Clint Sayo.Nicole Marie Tagle, 15, who competed in the individual women’s recurve, bagged the country’s lone silver. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Marton dela Cruz, meanwhile, gave the Philippines its first medal—a bronze in men’s individual compound before the official opening of the regional meet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side